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10 August: Blood Donation 


The student ambassadors organised a blood donation drive for the fifth consecutive year on 10 August 2019. Our event was supported by Singapore Red Cross Society. This was also our first donation drive joined by our very own JWSS Red Cross Youths. The event was intentionally held over the long National Day weekend, where Bloodbank@Westgate needed more assistance in advocating for blood donation in order to maintain a stable supply of blood.
 
The event was carried out across two sessions for students to pick up knowledge and thereafter, engage the public. Mr Melvin from the Red Cross Society provided more in-depth details about blood donation process and the importance of this cause. Our ambassadors and Red Cross Youths got an opportunity to role play on how they would engage the public. In addition, they also created flyers for the drive during the session.
 
For the actual blood donation drive, our students were divided into three different shifts. They managed to bring in 10 suitable and successful donors within a span of 4 hours. Student Ambassadors executive committee members took the lead to brief and debrief the team of leaders using Kolb's Learning Cycle theory which advocates learning from our experiences of life on an everyday basis. The student leaders on duty had a fruitful session sharing their experiences of approaching the public to garner their support of this blood donation drive.

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Group Picture of Student Ambassadors (last shift) after event

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Red Cross Youths engaging the public

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7 August: Bicentennial Board Display


On 7 August 2019, the Student Councillors and Student Ambassadors did three pop-up booths in school to commemorate our nation’s 54th birthday as well as advocate for care towards the environment through a Mozzie Wipe-out. The event is the student leaders’ first collaboration effort in bonding the school through useful display of knowledge and information. 

The event was carried out during recess time to engage their schoolmates in highlighting some of Singapore’s major achievements for the past 200 year. The event also provided an opportunity for the student leaders to raise awareness to care for the environment by being eco-friendly (with examples from the NDP Fun Pack) as well as ways to stop mosquito breeding in our neighbourhood estate, school and homes. 

In all, the whole experience served as a successful collaboration for the student leaders as they strive to be caring leaders who champion for positive messages and sharing it with their schoolmates.

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Our schoolmates reading our Bicentennial board display

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Teachers and students joining us in writing a pledge to wipe out Mozzies

1 August: Nurses' Day


On 1 August 2019, the student ambassadors participated in Singapore Nurses’ Day. Supported by Ministry of Health, customized tote bags were prepared for all nurses in Singapore. The event was an extension of the student ambassadors’ advocacy for awareness in the community and recognizing good causes. 

The event was carried out in our school for the team of nurses from Health Promotion Board. Under the under the School Health Service (SHS), they have been screening our schoolmates for their health checks and vaccination. The event provided an opportunity for the ambassadors to raise awareness in school and encourage their schoolmate to better cherish the hard work and dedication of the nurses. 

In all, the whole experience was a great reminder for our student ambassadors to acknowledge and affirm the everyday heroes in Singapore. 

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Our ambassadors giving a short speech to affirm the nurses in school

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Presenting our board to the nurse in-charge

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6 July: Arts Labs @ Kampung Admiralty


On 6 July 2019, it was smiles all around at our Art Labs booth at Kampung Admiralty Community Plaza, as selected students from the Applied Learning Programme (ALP) and the Enhanced Art Programme (EAP) took part in the Intergenerational event, as part of the Singapore Youth Festival. Our students wowed the participants by harnessing the power of ICT to engage and guide the budding artists in their creations.

Through this meaningful engagement with the community and sharing of our school's art practices, our students were provided with real-life application of what they have learnt in school. It also provided an opportunity for them to acquire and practice life-skills, and build strong values and social emotional competencies through interaction with the community.

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5 July 2019: W3 Cluster Literature Symposium 2019


On 5 July 2019, Jurong West Secondary School’s Literature in English Unit organised the 4th W3 Cluster Literature Symposium and received positive response from both student and teacher participants in the Cluster and West Zone.

The theme for this year’s symposium is Learning for Life in the Literature Classroom, where Ms Orry Zhang shared in her opening address on the enduring values and skills that the subject advocates and teaches.

Through The 4QR: A Tool to Structure and Deepen Thinking workshop conducted by Ms June Henry (ST, English Literature, Maris Stella High) and Assessment for Learning in Literature workshop conducted by Ms Sukhjeet Kaur (ST, English Literature, CHIJ Katong Covent), teacher participants enriched their learning and further strengthened their teaching pedagogy to instill the joy of learning of Literature in their students.

Student participants reignited their passion for the written word through the Unseen Poetry: Developing Personal Insight workshop conducted by Ms Meenakshi Palaniappan and Ms Nithya Rajaratnam (ELLB/CPDD) and the Singapore Poetry: Writing About and Beyond Borders workshop conducted by Ms Esther Vincent (Editor-in-chief and Founder of The Tiger Moth Review). Student participants also get to view Singapore through a different lens through the Singapore Films: An Appreciation workshop conducted by Ms Sunita (JWSS Literature teacher).


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W3 Cluster Symposium participants watching the opening performance by Spoken Poet Ms Stephanie Chan


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Ms Sukhjeet Kaur sharing with teacher participants on the use of AfL in Literature


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Ms Meenakshi engaging student participants on developing personal insight through close analysis of poetry


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Ms Esther Vincent sharing with student participants on her journey in Literature and writing

3 July 2019: Visit by 2nd Minister for Finance and Education, Ms Indranee Rajah 


On 3
 July 2019, 2nd Minister for Finance and Education, Ms Indranee Rajah visited our school to understand more about the Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in Jurong West Secondary School, and how our students, through this programme, learnt to use ICT tools, such as stop motion and micro-bits, to address issues they were passionate about (eg. Combating terrorism, bullying to senior care). 

Ms Indranee had an engaging time with our students where they showcased their ALP projects and had an interactive engagement session with our students  where our students asked Ms Indranee about equality in Singapore, MOE’s move to reduce academic stress, her experience working with our Founding PM, Mr Lee Kuan Yew as well as what it is really like being a Minister and what keeps her going. 

Our staff also had an equally meaningful engagement session with Ms Indranee as they heard her views on matters such as Full Subject Based Banding and what it means for teachers, legislation governing youths as well as UPLIFT and how parents and schools could work in greater synergy with community groups.

Ms Indranee also mentioned about her visit to our school in her Facebook!

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To view more photos of the visit, please click here


29 May: SBS Bus Captain Appreciation and Kindness Promotion


On 29 May 2019, the student ambassadors participated in SBS Bus Captain Appreciation and Kindness Promotion event. The event was supported by Zuellig Pharma, which sponsored 500 Kwan Loong Medicated Oil for the event. The event provided a meaningful platform for students to learn more about how advocacy is carried out and an opportunity to reach out to the community.

The event was carried out across two sessions. The first session helped to raise awareness in school and the second session allowed the ambassadors to reach out to the community at Boon Lay Interchange. The event provided an opportunity for the ambassadors to emphasize on a culture of kindness and spoke to members of the public about being considerate commuters of buses. There were some members of the public who were very supportive and applauded the students’ efforts. 

In all, the whole experience was eye-opening for many of our ambassadors, especially the sec 1s. It also provided a chance for all to reflect on what could have been improved when carrying our advocacy work. 

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Our booth to raise awareness about kindness and appreciation to Bus Captains in school

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Our ambassadors in school packing goodie bags filled with messages and Kwan Loong medicated oil for the bus captains

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Presenting our board to the Bus Captain Manager

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Final Group Picture to mark the end of event – but remember that Kindness should always be an ongoing effort

27 May 2019: ECG Day


Our school’s third ECG Day was held on 27 May this year. The purpose of the ECG Day is to enable students to gather information from various sources to start exploring and making informed educational and career decisions for their future.


Sharing by our guest speakers about their career

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Mr Chia Hock LaiMr Adzfar AlamiMs Cherlyn Lim
CEO of Switchnovate, a
Fintech consultancy firm
Senior associate at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP,
one of the biggest law firms in Singapore
Trainer at SHATEC, Hospitality
and Business Studies

Panel discussion
Our students were given the opportunity to ask the guest speakers some questions during the panel discussion.

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Sharing by Jurong Pioneer JC
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Sharing by our school's ECG Counsellor 

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Sharing by a former student on his educational and career pathway

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Mr Byron Tan, 4T1 2012 He is currently in NTU pursuing a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Booth tour 

Organisations were invited to set up booths in the school. Students were given the opportunity to visit the booths to find out more about the various post-secondary pathways and to clarify their doubts. 

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4 May 2019: Yoga Session for Parent Support Group


On 4 May 2019, a group of students from JWSS and their parents were given an introduction to a session of Yoga. This session was conducted by Ms Anupama, a mindfulness facilitator working with the Art of Living Foundation. The session included stretches, breath work and guided meditation with some sharing about how breathing techniques can help one to relax and rejuvenate. Participants agreed that they had a good time and benefitted from the session.

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Student Council Investiture and Student Leaders’ Appointment Ceremony 2019


Our Student Council Investiture and Student Leaders' Appointment Ceremony is an event held annually to highlight the school's emphasis on student leadership development as well as to acknowledge the importance of each Student Leader's appointment in their respective groups. This year saw the involvement of parents of various Student Leaders from CCA groups as wel as our Student Council and Student Ambassadors. It was a proud moment for these parents as they witnessed their child taking on responsibilities as Student Leaders in school.


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19th SC EXCO putting on their blazers as they are just handed over their responsibilities by the 18th SC EXCO

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President of 19th SC EXCO leading the Student Leaders to take the Student Leaders' Pledge 

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The Student Ambassador EXCO

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Student Leaders and their parents, together with our principal, Mr Michael Muhunthan

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Students Leaders (CCA) and their parents, together with our principal, Mr Michael Muhunthan

24 April 2019: UG POP and CCA Appreciation Tea 2019


The 2019 UG POP and CCA Appreciation Tea was held on 24 April 2019 (Wednesday). It was a memorable session where the Uniformed Groups had a parade to commemorate and celebrate their journey in the CCA with pride and prestige. Thereafter, the CCA Appreciation Tea was held for all 21 CCAs. Representatives of each CCA from the graduating cohort shared on the various values, lessons and memories that they had in their time in the CCAs. Many students had a deep connection with their CCAs and the friendships that were forged in their CCA journey. As the event drew to the close, the CCA Appreciation Tea marked the end of the students’ CCA journey as they turn their focus and efforts onto the National Examinations.

12 April 2019: JWSS Sports Day 2019


The JWSS Annual Sports Day 2019 was held on 12 April 2019 at the Clementi Stadium. The much anticipated event provided an opportunity for the school to come together to celebrate sporting excellence as well as school spirit. Apart from the individual and team track events, students also took part in the Obstacle Course and Physical Challenge activities. Our JWSS teachers and Parent Support Group members also demonstrated their athletic abilities in the Teachers’ Relay Race.

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Students attempting the new obstacle challenge during Sports Day

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Participants of the Sec 2 100m race starting their race.


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Winners of the Teachers' Race

27 - 29 March 2019: Secondary Two Adventure Camp


The 2019 Secondary Two Adventure Camp was conducted at Sarimbun Scouts Camp from 27 – 29 March 2019. The camp’s objectives were to build students’ resilience, ruggedness and independence among students, equip them with outdoor skills and knowledge, facilitate bonding and deepen friendships within the class. Throughout the 3 days 2 nights, students took part in activities like Zip-lining, abseiling, outdoor cooking and camp craft skills. The Camp ended on a high note with entertaining performances and exuberant cheers from all the Secondary Two classes on campfire night.

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Secondary Two Cohort start their camp by pitching up their tents

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Aspiring Master Chefs in the making figuring out their menu for Outdoor Cooking
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Brainstorming how to put their raft together using the knotting skills they learned
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                              Highlight of the camp, the Zipline!

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They must have confidence in themselves to cross the bridge they built

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Braving new heights was one of the activities our Secondary Two cohort has to overcome using their abseiling techniques

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Bring me to safety with the Tarzan Swing!

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Service above self, students take turn to serve each other meals during the camp
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Our students showing their entrepreneurial skills, convincing the facilitator the special traits of their pioneering project
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What other way to end a camp other than a Campfire Night!



SC Presidential Elections 2019


The 19th SC Presidential Elections were successfully conducted from January to March 2019. The eight presidential candidates demonstrated strong communication skills and leadership competencies as they spoke in front of the student body and teachers to gain their support during the panel discussion. It was certainly a tough decision for the student body to vote for their ideal Presidential Candidate as all of them stood out during the elections. Guan Yi Min (3N2) was eventually appointed as the President-Elect while Fong Jia Cheng (3E3) and Tew Chun Hui (3E2) were appointed as the Vice-Presidents-Elect.


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30 March 2019: Drug Prevention Workshop + Engaging with Teenagers Talk


On 30 March 2019, about 20 parents a workshop conducted by a representative from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). The objectives of the workshop was to empower parents with the knowledge of the commonly abused drugs in Singapore. At the same time, it also provides an opportunity for the parents to identify the tell-tale signs of drug abuse. The representative shared with the group about the different terminologies that are being used for the different types of drugs. The parents were also taught to identify the various effects that the consumption of the abused drugs can have. With the visually impactful slides and video clips presented, the representative also shared with the parents how to engage with their teenagers in their conversations about the topic.


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The second part of the session was a talk that revolved around engaging with teenagers. The talk was conducted by Ms Cynthia Khoo from Focus on the Family Singapore Limited. Ms Khoo introduced to the parents various techniques to ensure that there is an open and effective communication between the parents and their teenagers. Among others, the talk also gave an insight into the minds of the teenagers so that the parents are able to foster a better cooperation with their teenagers.The lively session also provided parents to share their own experiences to foster better communications with their teenagers. With this sharing of knowledge and in the presence of an expert in her field, the participants were able to equip themselves with the relevant tools to engage more effectively with their teenagers.


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15 March 2019: Mother Tongue Languages Fortnight Programme 

The month of March 2019 was an exciting one for JWSS students. Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) Fortnight is one of MOE’s key initiatives in stimulating students’ interest in the learning of the language through novel and innovative methods.   This year, the MTL Department had designated two consecutive weeks from 4 March to 15 March 2019 for the MTL Fortnight Programme. During which, a myriad of activities related to MTL and their cultures were carried out.   As an opening ceremony to our MTL Fortnight 2019, we had a momentous beating of the gong by our very own Vice-Principal, Mdm Lim Lay Hoon. The three beatings of the gong signifies the three distinctive cultures and traditions of the Chinese, Malay and Indian.

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Our MTL Fortnight have integrated cultural rediscovery and environment education into a fun, challenging, and comprehensive education programme. Some of the major highlights were the Tea Appreciation and Chinese Calligraphy for the Chinese unit, the Bunga Rampai workshop and Kompang workshop for the Malay unit and the Rangoli Drawing workshop and Debate competition for the Tamil unit. Students were also given the opportunity to dedicate their song requests alongside with their personalised messages for the morning dedication.

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As a closure to MTL Fortnight, cultural booths were set up at the Seminar Room for a collective cultural showcase of the MTL Fortnight that we had throughout the two weeks. Reward cards were distributed to the students and teachers at the showcase. Participants were entitled to free popcorn and cotton candy if they have received a specific amount of stamps on their cards. This creative initiative has succeeded in enabling insights, facilitating discovery and arousing curiosity of our students.

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华文华语 
多用就可以
 
Ilmu budaya mesra. Bahasa kita. Gunakanlah.

தமிழில் பேசுவோம்! தமிழை நேசிப்போம்!
 
 If not me, who? If not now, when? Our Mother Tongue Languages. Embrace it. Practise it.


23 February 2019: Parents Support Group Welcome Tea Session


On 23 February 2019, JWSS had the privilege to host the Welcome Tea Session for the secondary one parents. Mr Mohamed Affendi, the Vice Chairman of PSG, opened the session by welcoming the secondary one parents. He shared with the parents the activities the PSG were involved in the past years and some of the upcoming activities for 2019. Our Principal, Mr Michael Muhunthan shared the schools directions and programmes that the students go through in school so that they will be equipped with 21st Century Competencies and sound values. Parents were given opportunities to raise concerns that they experienced during their children transition from primary six to secondary one. Some of the PSG members shared their experiences and how they managed the concerns that were raised. The fruitful conversation closed with the traditional Lo-Hei session to mark the beginning of a strong partnership between parents and the school.

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18 February 2019: Sports CCA Oath Taking Ceremony 2019


Jurong West Secondary School commemorated the official Opening of the 2019 National Schools Games (NSG) on 18 February 2019. The purpose of this ceremony is to mark the start of the National School Games (NSG) for 2019 and to highlight the roles of different stakeholders (including school leaders, teachers, coaches, officials and student athletes) in ensuring that the NSG is conducted safely, fairly and remains a meaningful learning experience for all. In addition to the Minister’s speech read by our Vice-Principal Mdm Lim Lay Hoon, student athletes from the school’s 8 Sports CCA came together for the National School Games Oath Taking Ceremony. Movida Katrizia Erika Pareja (4E5), Captain of the JWSS Netball Team, led all Sports CCA Leaders in reciting the Athlete’s Oath in the presence of the entire school. The Athlete’s Oath was a solemn promise that every athlete make to play fairly in the name of true sportsmanship. This ceremony gave students better appreciation of the value of sports participation and to show their support for their school representatives. We wish all student athletes from Jurong West Secondary School the very best in their upcoming competitions and to remain resilient while achieving excellence in every training session and competition.

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4 February 2019: Chinese New Year Celebration


On 4 February Chinese Lunar New Year Eve, JWSS teachers and students arrived decked in red, the colour that symbolises prosperity and good luck to celebrate Chinese New Year. 

During CCE lesson, the students learned about different auspicious phrases in their Mother Tongue languages and later used the phrases to design Chinese New Year greeting cards for the inter-class competition.

A spectacular lion dance performance marked the beginning of our CNY celebration concert. This year, the theme of our celebration was Spring Fiesta. Besides explaining the significance of Spring Festival and the red couplets in the Chinese culture, everyone was also treated to some gold coins by the ‘Fortune God’, who is believed to bring luck and prosperity. 

Our JWSS international dance and choir put up two wonderful performances adding to an even vibrant atmosphere to the celebration. The celebration culminated with a spirited mass sing-along session of CNY songs by the school leaders, staff and students. The celebration reached a new climax with the lighting of “balloon firecrackers” by the Principal, Mr. Michael and ended in fervent joy.

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2 February 2019: Alumni Tea Session


Alumni Tea is the first meeting for the Alumni and teachers in charge to welcome our new Alumni who just graduated the year before. This year we welcomed about 10 new alumni and throughout the year we will still be expecting more to join us! It was great seeing different batches of students from JWSS getting to know each other and looking forward to contributing back to their alma mater.

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Alumni Tea welcome poster for all graduating students

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Alumni playing some ice breaking games and getting to know one another better

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It was a great morning laughing together

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Alumni Tea session ended with some heart to heart talk with everyone about their life in JWSS

25 January 2019: CCA Open House


The 2019 CCA Open House was held on 25 Jan 2019 (Friday). It was a fun and memorable day when all 20 CCAs in the school setup their CCA booths to welcome the Secondary 1 students. There were performances put up by the school Band, Choir, Dance and English Language Debate & Drama Society in the School Hall, a combined UG skit featuring the SG Secure Movement, as well as the UG Showcase held at the Parade Square during the Free & Easy segment of the programme. Parents and Secondary 1 students met with CCA teachers, Instructors, and CCA students to find out more about the prospective CCAs that they would be interested in.

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School Choir serenading the audience with their beautiful voices

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Students getting a hands-on practice at floorball

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2 - 4 January 2019: Secondary One Orientation Camp and Appreciation Ceremony


Led by JWSS’ very own Student Leaders, the Secondary One Orientation Camp 2019 was successfully held from 2 to 4 January. The theme of the camp revolved around Marvel superheroes aiming to help the Secondary One students to unveil their superpower as they embarked on their journey in our school. The Secondary One students went through bonding activities like Class Flag-Making, Amazing Race and JWSS signature Mass Dance among others. The highlight of the camp was the Campfire performances on the second evening, which enabled the students to showcase their talents while strengthening their camaraderie with their peers. The camp ended on a high spirit with an award ceremony recognising participative campers as well as classes that demonstrated the school values through out the 3-Day-1-Night camp. Student Leaders were also rewarded with an exclusive annual personal treat from our very own Principal to affirm their effort in making the camp a success.

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Taking a group shot to celebrate the success of the Sec 1 Orientation Camp 2019

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Hyping up the crowd at the start of the camp

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The school leader joining the campfire

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Welcoming Secondary 1s at the school entrance

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Planning programmes for the camp

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Having fun at the campfire

18 November 2018: Pioneer Constituency Tree Planting Carnival


On 18 November 2018, 14 student ambassadors from JWSS participated in a meaningful Pioneer Constituency event - Tree Planting Carnival. The event held was in conjunction with the 18th anniversary of Pioneer Constituency and our students lent a hand in making Singapore a greener and cleaner place to live in.

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Students doing their best to contribute back to the environment

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Students taking a group photo with Mr Cedric Foo after the event



17 November 2018: JWSS Eco Day


JWSS Eco Day on 17 November 2018 was organised by the CCE Green Committee and Student ambassadors in partnership with Pioneer Constituency, Metalo International Pte Ltd, HP Singapore, Gardenia Foods (S) Pte Ltd and 90s Candy Society for residents in the Pioneer Constituency. The aim of the event is to encourage green practices in the community as part of the efforts to save the environment. E-waste, old newspaper and unwanted clothings were donated by residents on the day itself and residents were also treated to a host of fun-filled activities like our eco trail and games on environmental conservation.


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Residents from Pioneer dropped off their recyclables such as E-Waste and were collected by Metalo International Pte Ltd to handle the recycling process

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The E-waste monster brought in by HP Singapore to educate residents on the ways to recycle E-Waste

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Our Student Ambassadors showed their commitment towards environmental sustainability by designing games to promote eco-friendliness. 

  
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The Green Committee and Student Ambassadors taking a group photo with Metalo International personnel

10 November 2018 : Appreciation Session for Parent Support Group


On 10th November 2018, JWSS hosted an Appreciation Session for our Parent Support Group (PSG). The Appreciation Session started off with our Principal, Mr Michael, thanking the PSG for their continuous support for the year. The school has a very strong PSG who complements the school by aligning with the school’s vision and mission, supporting and strengthening the school’s programmes to improve our student’s well-being and learning. The PSG Chairperson, Mdm Gena also expressed her appreciation to the school for the effort in ensuring a holistic education for the students. The PSG were then treated to a buffet and the session ended off with some simple and fun team bonding games. 


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27 October 2018: ALP Showcase @ Frontier Community Club


Specially selected groups were given the opportunity to showcase their projects to members of the public to spread their advocacy message.

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Students explaining the ideation process of their digital illustration

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Students demonstrating the use of their micro:bit to
help the elderly communicate easily with their caregivers

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Students guiding a member of the public in a mobile app game
which aims to educate the user about cyberbullying

24 October 2018: ALP Showcase @ Jurong West Secondary School


The students’ two-year journey on the ALP culminates in an exhibition where students showcase and present their ICT-based solutions which come in varied digital modes to the rest of the school. 

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A Secondary 2 student presenting his group's micro:bit project to Secondary 1s

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A teacher trying out a mobile application created by students

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A student demonstrating the use of their micro:bit device to improve road safety for cyclists

21 October 2018: Pioneer Constituency Emergency Preparedness Day 2018


Our students from the Uniformed Groups participated in the 2018 Pioneer Constituency Emergency Preparedness Day held at Jurong Point. To prepare residents for the reality of a terror attack, the People's Association, with the support of the Home Team, conducts Emergency Preparedness Days (EP Days) in the heartlands. Our students helped to facilitate learning of the residents on what to look out for to stay vigilant, how to respond in a terror attack (Run, Hide, Tell), as well as essential lifesaving skills such as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) and Improvised First Aid (IFAS).

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Our NPCC Girls helping a member of public to try on the new Virtual Reality Goggles during Pioneer EP Day

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Explaining to a Pioneer resident on the importance of being vigilant

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Participants from JWSS having a group photo after the event

30 August 2018: Teachers' Day Concert


The Teachers' Day Concert this year had been a memorable experience for both the teachers and students. The 18th Student Council presented a refreshing in-house musical that featured performances by our very own talented student councillors. From singing, acting, dancing to emceeing, there were many segments in the musical which captivated and resonated with the audience. Teachers were also invited up on stage to play exciting gamers like "What's in the box" during certain segments of the Musical. 

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Our School Leaders and teachers receiving the applause from students  when they entered the hall

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Teachers enjoying the games planned for them

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Teamwork among teachers to succeed in the games planned for them

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Student Councillors dancing confidently and enthusiastically on stage for the Musical

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Teachers enjoying the Teachers’ Day Concert

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Interactive segments for the audience

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PSG Members with their stunning performance

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The President and Vice Presidents of the 18th Student Council as the emcees for the concert

The musical themed 'From Student to Teacher' received positive feedback from both students and teachers. Teachers were able to relate to the plot which entailed the life progression of Coco, a student who was bullied by her peers in her school days. After a series of encounters and interactions with the caring teachers in her school, Coco emerged more resilient and went against all odds to pursue her dream to be a teacher. Many students have also given rave comments about the musical as they mentioned that the play had reminded them of the importance of resilience in life and during times of setback. 

A musical that tied in both values and fun was certainly a valuable production of the 18th Student Council. The Student Council will continue to unleash critical and creative thinking in planning the next school event and to bring in more exciting programmes for the student population!  

11 August 2018: Blood Donation Drive, Bloodbank@Westgate


Our Student Ambassadors organised a blood donation drive for the fourth consecutive year on 11 August 2018. Our event was supported by Singapore Red Cross Society and was intentionally held over the long National Day weekend, where Bloodbank@Westgate needed more assistance in advocating for blood donation in order to maintain a stable supply of blood.

The event was carried out across two sessions for students to pick up knowledge and thereafter, engage the public. Mr Julian from the Red Cross Society provided more in-depth details about blood donation process and the importance of this cause. Our ambassadors got an opportunity to role-play on how they would engage the public. In addition, they also created flyers for the drive during the session.

During the event, our students were divided into three different shifts. Some of our students sportingly put on the mascot which helped to attract a crowd. Whilst some students took time to warm up and were quite shy to approach the public initially, they managed to muster up courage and were able to carry out their advocacy work dutifully.

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Student Ambassadors taking a group picture after the event   

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8th August 2018: National Day Celebrations


On 8 August 2018,  Jurong West Students got into the mood of National Day by wearing red tops to school and celebrated the Nation’s 53rd Birthday with an awesome display of talents and skills!

The day started off with a splendid display of drills execution in our formal inspection parade, a march past and our own very version of JWSS flypast and mini fireworks! Our Secondary 2s hosted the Carnival games for the elderly and our concert segment had various exciting activities from each level.

The celebrations eventually ended off with a Birthday cutting ceremony with our guests, parents and school representatives. It was truly an awesome day that JWSS will fondly remember! 

20th July 2018: JWSS Annual Cross Country Meet Day


JWSS Annual Cross Country Meet 2018 was held at the Dragon & Phoenix Court, Chinese Garden on 20 July. This year’s route for the boys spanned a distance of 4.4 km while the girls competed along a 3.3 km route. Our JWSS teachers and Parent Support Group members also took part in the Teacher’s Fun Run.

As a Lead Up to the event, a series of activities were planned to find the fittest boy and girl in JWSS through the Beep Test and Cooper Test. We were also graced by the presence of Mr C Kunalan who came to JWSS to share and inspire our students with his stories.

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Mr C Kunalan giving his speech to motivate students prior to the event.

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Teachers of JWSS preparing for their Fun Run

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Trophies and Medals await the winners of JWSS Annual Cross Country Meet 2018

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Winners of JWSS Annual Cross Country Meet 2018

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The Upper Secondary boys pouring out their sweat to reach the finish line

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The Upper Secondary girls on their way to start their run

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The Student Councilors in action manning one of the many Games Booth available during the event

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The winner of Lower Secondary Challenge Trophy, 2E2!

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The winner of Upper Secondary Challenge Trophy, 4N3!

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Wee Yan of 2E1 finishing his race in style by breaking the Lower Secondary Boys record!



7th July 2018: Fostering Resilience Motivation Workshop + Champions Eagles Talk (Parent Support Group)


On 7th July 2018, about 20 parents and children attended a workshop conducted by Ms Veronica Eng from Compass Life Singapore. The objective of the workshop was to equip parents with the necessary motivational and resilience tools to fully realise the potential of the children. At the same time, it also provided an opportunity for the parents to bond with their children through meaningful activities that they undertook together.

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For more information and photos on this event, please click here

30th June 2018: Alumni Day


Alumni Day is the Alumni Committee’s annual event to gather all alumni to have a good day of fun with various sports such as Netball and Soccer. It is also a day when Alumni and teachers can gather to catch up on what is happening with each other and reminisce about the good old days. This year saw around 150 Alumni coming back to rekindle old friendships and forging new ones.

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Alumni Day 2018!

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The Alumni Hockey Girls Team

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Miss Orry Zhang happy to catch up with one of her ex-students

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Shi Ying and Jenro, the silent heroes of Alumni Day 2018

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Alumni sweating and having fun with soccer matches

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Mr Mark with his Alumni Hockey boys who happen to be 1st runner-up for the soccer match

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Graduates of 2011

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The Marketing Committee of Student Council lending their hand in Alumni Day

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The alumni just having some fun during the netball matches 

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A mix of Graduates from 2010 to 2012


29 June 2018: West 3 (W3) Cluster Literature Symposium


On 29 Jun 2018, Jurong West Secondary School conducted its third annual W3 Cluster Literature Symposium, with the objectives of enhancing teachers' capacities and developing students' interest and passion in Literature. Other than the W3 Cluster, the Symposium was also attended by students and teachers from schools in the West Zone. The focus for this year's Symposium is Joy of Learning in a Secondary School Literature Classroom.

The Symposium started off with a captivating poetry recital performance by Deborah Emmanuel, who is a Singaporean poet and performer, inspiring the audience to derive joy from unpacking and performing poems. The students and teachers then went to their respective breakout sessions led by distinguished speakers such as: Dr Suzanne Choo (NIE), Ms Meenakshi Palaniappan (CPDD, ELLB), Mr Abdulattif (Vice Principal of Boon Lay Secondary), Mdm Saha Mousumi (LT/EL, Westwood Secondary) and Mdm Nur Rakeezah (Westwood Secondary).

From the Symposium, students learnt how to develop personal insight from Unseen Poetry and heard first-hand sharing from an actor who was part of a production, bringing their Literature textbooks to life. Teachers had a rich discussion on how to further unpack writer's craft questions, and how Joy of Learning can be carried out in a Literature classroom, by connecting it to self and world.

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18th - 20th June 2018: Leadership Training Camp (LTC)


The Leadership Training Camp 2018 was conducted for all the CCA leaders and Executive Committee members of the Student Ambassadors and Student Council over the June Holidays from 18 to 20 June. This year’s camp was underpinned with many meaningful activities that were targeted at sharpening the student leaders’ leadership competencies. There were many highlights of the camp and some of these include the District Race, MBTI Workshop, CCA Envisioning, Mass Dance and Campfire. The students certainly had an enjoyable 3-day camp and many have shown to become a more competent, confident and caring leader thereafter. The camp had evidently enhanced the leadership competencies and behavioural traits in our student leaders!

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25th May 2018: Secondary One Public Speaking Workshop


On 25th May 2018, the Secondary One students took part in a public speaking workshop at Jurong West Secondary School, as part of the continual effort to bolster their confidence and hone their public speaking skills. Speaking on a wide range of topics, they learnt to employ persuasive devices such as signposting, rules of three and emotive language to engage the audience and inspire them to action.

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23rd May 2018: ECG Day


Our school’s second ECG Day was held on 23 May this year. The purpose of the ECG Day is to enable students to gather information from various sources to start exploring and making informed educational and career decisions for their future.

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Mr Chua Ching Hock 
Senior Manager with Changi Airport Group, Changi Airport Terminal 4 
Mr Lee Qing Hong
A bilingual events host & weekend Chinese radio presenter 
on SPH radio UFM100.3
Mr Ian Gan
Chief Executive Officer
of SEED Ventures
Invited Guest Speakers sharing their Industry experiences

For more information and photos on this exciting event, please click here


21st - 25th May 2018: Inter Class Debates Championship (Post-Exam Activity)


Held from 21 – 25 May 2018, this year's Championship saw active participation across all our Secondary 3 classes. Students attended a two-day debates workshop, followed by an inter-class round to put their newly acquired skills to the test. The two finalists, 3E1 and 3E3, then went up against each other in a school-wide assembly programme, debating the tough but timely motion:

"This house believes that the sale of our private data to technology companies has done more harm than good

After engaging in a passionate debate and tackling challenging questions posed by audience members, 3E1 emerged as the overall Champion for this year.

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For more photos from this exciting event, please click here


22nd May 2018: Secondary Two English Oracy Programme


In May, the Secondary 2 students of Jurong West Secondary School were treated to the rare opportunity to experience what it is like to be a newscaster. As part of the School's EL Oracy programme, the Secondary 2 cohort participated in a newscasting workshop which gave the students an introduction to the various stages and responsibilities of a news broadcast, and the chance to present the news in an authentic manner. Some of the highlights of the workshop included the talk given to the students by Mediacorp Artiste Belinda Lee on good presentation skills, and of course, presenting the news in front of a camera crew while reading off the news from a teleprompter.

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For more photos from this exciting event, please click here


22nd May 2018: Secondary One Arts Experience Programme – Music and Dance(Post-Exam Activity)


On the 22nd May 2018, all Secondary 1 students had the opportunity to deepen their appreciation for the arts, particularly in the area of the performing arts; dance and music. The workshop aimed to build students’ confidence as performers and to provide a platform for them to showcase their talents. Apart from learning the basic techniques of selected dance styles, students were exposed to the different genres and vital elements of music and dance movements. The workshop has enabled students to foster understanding of the differences and quality of each specific dance form, and its musical interpretation.

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21st May 2018: Secondary Two Arts Experience Programme – Music and Physical Theatre(Post-Exam Activity)


The Secondary 2 cohort participated in a one-day workshop to deepen their appreciation for the arts, particularly in the areas of music and physical theatre. The exciting hands-on activities they engaged in throughout the day provided the opportunity to work in groups to create a drama performance set to their favourite songs. The day’s finale consisted of a showcase by the groups to the rest of their class – a challenge that students certainly stepped up to confidently and creatively tackled.

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21st May 2018: Operation Float My Boat (Post-Exam Activity)


On 21 May 2018, our Secondary 1 students extended their classroom learning about density and learnt the basics of buoyancy. Students were required to construct a boat each, using a fixed number of ice cream sticks. The students exceeded our expectations by using creativity and critical thinking to modify their creations, utilising other optional items. The highlight of the activity was when the students had to “float their boat” with as many standard masses as possible! Although the team whose boat withstood the greatest load emerged the winner, all teams enjoyed themselves tremendously!

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Testing the boat with 50g masses
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Contest Winners enjoying the limelight

21st May 2018: Potato Pirates (Post-Exam Activity)


On 21 May 2018, the Secondary Two cohort of students participated in a post-exam programme which involved the use of the card game, Potato Pirates. This card game aimed to boost students' computational thinking and programming skills while making the learning process fun and effortless as they engaged in a social game. It enabled them to learn about Unplugged coding (without the use of technology) and encouraged them to focus on human connections and thrills throughout the card game.

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To view even more photographs from the exciting event, please click here.

6th April 2018: CCA Appreciation Tea


On 6 April 2018, the school paid tribute to the graduating cohort of Secondary 4 CCA students during the CCA Appreciation Tea for the contributions and achievements that our students had made to their respective CCAs. It was an enjoyable afternoon filled with laughter and food as CCA Representatives recollected their memorable moments, fond memories and experiences that they shared during their CCA journeys. As the event drew to the close, the CCA Appreciation Tea marked the end of the Secondary 4 students’ CCA journey as they turn their focus and efforts onto the National Examinations. 

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To view even more photographs from the exciting event, please click here.


2nd April - 6th April 2018: MOE-Outward Bound School Camp


On 2 April 2018, the Secondary 3 cohort embarked on the school’s first ever MOE-Outward Bound School camp held at Pulau Ubin from 2 Apr to 6 Apr 2018. The camp marked the first occasion when students from JWSS took part in a Level Camp with students from Presbyterian High School and Maris Stella High School for a 5 Days – 4 Night Programme. During the Camp, students were engaged in a series of fun and exciting activities such as kayaking, hiking, High Ropes courses as well as outdoor cooking. Through the activities, students built their self-confidence and resilience as they stepped outside their comfort zone. At the same time, JWSS students also had an opportunity to meet new friends from other schools and background.

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29th March 2018: JWSS Annual Speech and Prize Giving Day


The school celebrated its 17th Speech and Prize-Giving Day with a parade inspection which was followed by the award presentations to students for their outstanding achievements, and to staff and various stakeholders of the school for their contributions. A highlight of this year's event was a series of exciting performances put up by the finalists of the JWSS Open Mic 2018 and our very own performing arts groups. It was a truly memorable occasion! To view the exciting photographs of the event, please click here.


24th March 2018: West Zone Inter-School Frisbee Tournament


JWSS hosted the Annual West Zone Inter-School Frisbee Tournament on 24 March 2018. A total of 16 teams of boys and girls took part in the competition. The school is proud to announce that the boys and girls team did well to secure 1st place for the Boys' team and 3rd place for the Girls' team. The school would like to thank all participating schools for their signups and we look forward to their participation again in 2019.

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23rd March 2018: JWSS Annual Sports & Games Day


The JWSS Annual Sports & Games Day was held on 23 March 2018 at Clementi Sports Stadium. The atmosphere was electric as students competed to see which class would emerge as the Level Champion. The stadium was painted in a sea of colours as students came dressed in their respective class T-shirts, while the class banners adorned the spectator stands.    

Students were competing in a series of track events comprising of the 100m, 200m, 300m, 400m and 4x100m relay races. In 2018, a total of 3 new records were set in the 100m Boys race, 4x100m Boys relay, and 200m Girls race. The JWSS Spartan Race made a return this year with 4 obstacles namely, the hurdles challenge, skipping, farmer’s walk and tyre run.    

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The successful completion of the Annual Sports & Games Day saw staff and students competing against each other in the spirit of sportsmanship. The JWSS PE Department looks forward to the continued support of everyone at our next event. 

To view the exciting photographs of the event, please click here.


9th March - 21st March 2018: Mother Tongue Fortnight Programme (MTFP)


JWSS MTFP includes a wide range of language and culture activities to expose students to learn and use MT Languages in novel and exciting ways. 

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The Malay students were involved in traditional performing art forms and training. These activities 
were organised to provide students with an immersive environment to learn and use the language.

9th March 2018: Open Mic 


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The Open Mic 2018 was met with overwhelming responses from the students this year and it was very encouraging to observe the enthusiasm and fervour of our JWSS students in showcasing their talents. Noticeably, some contestants who did not make it to the Finals last year had demonstrated resilience and the spirit of “Entrepreneurial Dare” by joining the competition again. Many students and teachers would agree that this year’s Open Mic Finals was certainly one of the best shows in JWSS!
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In the Open Mic 2018, we exposed our students to Augmented Reality where the students could scan some photos to know more about the finalists.

The silhouettes of the finalists were placed on the notice board to allure audience to find out the identities of the finalists (as shown in the figures below).
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20th February 2018: Staff Lohei Session (A New Beginning!)


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Jurong West Secondary School staff celebrated the Lunar New Year festive season with our annual ‘Lo Hei’ (meaning ‘tossing up good fortune’) to start the year with good wishes to everyone.

This year's celebration was extra exciting as 'Cai Shen Ye' graced the event, bringing much cheer and well wishes to all present. Staff let their hair down and mingled with one another amidst good food, chit-chat and great company! Together, A New Beginning!

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15th February 2018: JWSS CNY Celebration


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On the 15 February 2018, teachers and students came to school in their red outfits to celebrate Chinese New Year (CNY). The entire school was filled with festive joy.

After morning assembly, students headed to their classrooms for CCE lessons. They learnt to say eight auspicious phrases and take greeting videos as a class.

The CNY celebration concert started with CNY customs and traditions video clips done by ELDDS. These video clips served to allow our students to know more about CNY.

Next, led by our very own student conductor and Band Major, Felicia Ng, JWSS Symphonic Band presented a Chinese New Year medley consisting of popular and well-loved tunes such as Gong Xi Fa Da Cai 《恭喜发大财》, Cai Shen Dao《财神到》 and Da Di Hui Chun《大地回春》. This definitely enlivened the atmosphere of the celebration and got the crowd enjoying the familiar tunes.

JWSS choir presented a Chinese New year song Chun Feng Wen Shang Wo De Lian 《春风吻上我的脸》. This rendition was performed with energetic action by students that further enhanced the festive atmosphere. 

A team of eight dancers from JWSS International Dance Club, combined both contemporary and traditional Chinese fan dance, to present a unique and refreshing dance performance.

Along with the powerful drumbeats, the Lion Dance performance enhanced the ambience of the CNY celebration. The whole school was filled with joy and excitement.

The appearance of the God of Fortune at the beginning of the sing-along session pushed the concert to another climax. Our students applauded, waved and cheered along with the God of Fortune. School leaders and teachers were then invited to go up to stage to sing along with the whole school.

The concert finally came to an end with the screening of CNY greeting videos from all classes. The presentation of mandarin oranges to all JWSS staff marked the end of this joyful celebration. 

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12th February 2018: Total Defence Day (TDD) Commemoration


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JWSS commemorated Total Defence Day (TDD) on 12 February 2018 with meaningful CCE lessons that focused on ordinary Singapores who have extraordinarily made a difference in Singapore’s Total Defence. Lower Secondary students had the opportunity to try their hands at posters designing while our Upper Secondary students took part in the Freeze Frame Challenge to explain how we could better guard ourselves and strengthen social resilience against cyber attacks and disinformation.

With the onset of a wider range of multi-faceted challenges and threats, we play a crucial role in reiterating the importance to step up and play our individual roles to strengthen unity. This ensures that conflicts such as fabricated news on racial tension, national service and new citizens will not escalate into violent riots or a general air of distrust clouding Singapore, making her susceptible to foreign attacks.

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3rd February 2018: Secondary One Parents' Welcome Tea Party, by the Parent Support Group


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It was definitely an honour for JWSS to be able to host almost 50 secondary 1 parents for the Welcome Tea Party on 3 February 2018. 

Mdm Gena Chen, Chairman of the PSG, opened the morning’s proceedings emphasizing that it is the role of the PSG to support the school as partners. She mentioned the importance for parents to trust the school and respect the teachers, as they carry out what they have been tasked and trained to do. Strengthening the relationship with the school is vital so that present and future cohorts of students can benefit from the PSG’s efforts. 

Mr Michael Muhunthan then commenced his session with an address to the parents highlighting the school’s directions and programmes and shared with parents about the exciting and holistic education their children will be experiencing in JWSS. Two-way communication between school and parents is important as the parents need information about what and how their child is learning, and the teacher needs important feedback from the parent about the child’s academic and social development.This memorable meeting between and school and Secondary One parents ended with a traditional Lo-Hei session to mark the beginning of a strong partnership between parents and the school.

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13th January 2018 - Orientation Group Leaders' (OGL) Appreciation Ceremony


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Student Leaders were also rewarded with an exclusive annual personal treat from our very own Principal to affirm their effort in making the camp a success.

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3rd to 5th January 2018 - Sec 1 Orientation Camp


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JWSS Student Leaders leading the Secondary One students through a series of team-bonding cheers

The Secondary One Orientation Camp was held in school from 3 to 5 Jan 2018, planned and led by JWSS very own Student Leaders. The orientation theme this year revolves around the theme of “JW Jewels” to encourage all students to find and ignite the sparks of Learning with Passion, Thinking driven by Innovation and Leading inspired by Service.

The Secondary One students went through bonding activities such as class performances, tele-matches, JWSS Signature Mass Dance session and Campfire Night which aimed to increase camaraderie among the class as well as to familiarise the Sec 1s with the school’s culture and history. The camp ended on a high spirit with an award ceremony recognising participative campers as well as classes that demonstrated the school values throughout the 3-Days-2-Nights camp. 

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